Date lodged: 7 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to deliver the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 14 March 2019
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) is currently in the development phase. Professor Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine for the Scottish Government is fully engaged in that process, specifically he:
- contributed to the Multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event at the UN in New York in January 2019;
- is actively engaged in the production of the World Ocean Assessment 2, the underlying report which will be published in 2020;
- is working with Professor Ed Hill from the National Oceanographic Network and UK lead to the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commission, with respect to delivering a planning workshop on 9 May 2019;
- will attend the 1 st Global Planning Meeting which will be convened 13-15 May 2019, in Copenhagen.
Following each event, updates are provided to the Scottish Government and the wider scientific community.